Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Betty Dorworth
Wewoka resident, Betty Jean (Holmes) Dorworth, 74, died Saturday Nov. 4, 2000, at Shawnee Regional Hospital.

Graveside services were Tuesday in Dustin. Swearingen Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

She was born in Hanna April 9, 1926, to Milton and Oda (Reed) Holmes. She moved to Seminole County, where she lived for 35 years, from Cushing

She married Hugh C. Dorworth in Gainesville, Texas in 1950 and was a housewife. He died June 18, 1977.

In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by two infant daughters.

Survivors include two sons, James Dorworth, of Wewoka and John Dorworth, of Cushing; one daughter, Kathy Kennedy, of Okmulgee; two brothers, John Holmes, of Rapid City, S.D. and William Holmes, of Norman; and four sisters, Lena Nunn, of Lawton, Velma Nunn, of Hanna, Mary Hartman, of San Angelo, Texas and Doris Youngblood, of Indialantic, Fla.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Anna Kennedy
Cushing resident, Anna Marie Kennedy, 78, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at the Cushing Regional Hospital.

Services, with Brother Wayne Tibbett presiding, will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Palmer Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Parkland Cemetery in Parkland. Arrangements are under the direction of Palmer Funeral Home of Cushing.

She was born in Cushing Sept. 12, 1922, to George W. and Pricella (Bryant) Isenberg.

She received her early education in Cushing and was a graduate of Cushing High School.

She married William Ray (Jack) Kennedy in Poteau.

Mrs. Kennedy was a member of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn.

She loved to sew, quilt, golf and play the organ and loved her pet bird.

She was predeceased by her parents.

In addition to her husband of the home she is survived by three brothers, James W. Isenberg, of Ponca City, Walter Lee Isenberg, of Cushing and Douglas Wayne Isenberg, of Oklahoma City; and two sisters, Lois Greenwald and Nancy Austin, both of Oklahoma City.


June Hunter
June Hunter, 67, Yale, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at the Cushing Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be until Thursday until 8 p.m. at the Yale-Palmer Funeral Home in Yale and on Friday until 8 p.m. at the Palmer Funeral Home in Cushing.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Pentecostal Church in Cushing. Rev. Francis Westberg will officiate. Interment will follow at the Lawson Cemetery, north of Yale.

Hunter was born Sept. 30, 1933, in Sapulpa to Bert and Maggie B. (Henson) Woods.

She received her early education at the Council Valley and Norfork schools. She attended Yale High School. She was married to Berry F. Hunter June 1, 1951, in Sapulpa.

She worked for the Douglas Big Country Stores as a bookkeeper and had also worked at the Cushing Wal-Mart store. She was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Cushing.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Cecil Woods; and one sister, Inez Brown.

Hunter is survived by her husband of the home; one son, Berry Lee Hunter, Yale; one daughter, Brenda Jean Wyant, Cushing; one brother, Carl Woods, Cushing; one sister, Anna Marie Hamilton, Yale; two grandchildren, Candy J. Oliver, Yale; Angelina J. Wyant, Cushing; three great grandchildren, Nathaniel Capps, Cushing; Abbie Daniel Capps, Cushing; and John Howard Oliver, II, Stillwater.


Henry Wells
Henry E. "Bill" Wells, 90, of Crockett, Texas, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, in the East Texas Medical Center in Crockett.

Graveside services, with Rev. Charles Goodson officiating, were today in the New Salem Cemetery in Centerville, Texas.

Arrangements were under the direction of Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.

He was born Jan. 9, 1910, in Bedias, Texas.

He was employed with the Sutton Sawmill in the late 1930's and from 1942 until 1944 worked in a ship yard in Orange, Texas.

He returned to Leon County in 1944 where he farmed and ranched and raised a family of seven.

From 1962 until 1975, he lived in Porter Springs, Texas, where he was in real estate and ranching.

He moved to Crockett in 1975 where he was a rancher and real estate developer until his death.

He was predeceased by his parents, Henry E. and Belle Shanks Wells; one son, Guy Murphy Wells; a daughter, Virginia Belle McLaughlin; three brothers, Olen Wells, Carl Wells and Wilbur Wells; and three sisters, Essy Tullis, Lily Gamble and Effie Lee Wells.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Wolf, of Greenville, Miss., Gaye Wells, of Dallas and Dorothy I. Reese, of Crockett; two sons, Allen P. Wells, of Houston and Henry E. Wells Jr., of Stillwater; two sisters, Jennie Holyfield, of Centerville and Lucy Force, of Bryan Texas, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wells Family Scholarship Fund, C/O David Wells, 7672 F.M. 811, Centerville, TX 75833.


Jessie Long
Jessie Lea Blasier Long, 83, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, in Cleveland, Texas.

Friends and family were present for visitation Sunday at Strode Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Strode Chapel. Interment followed at Paradise Cemetery. The Rev. Garland Davidson officiated.

Arrangements were under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

She was born in Payne County April 7, 1917, to Fred Delano and Jennie Olive Lewis Blasier.

She attended Payne County schools and graduated from Coyle High School in 1932. She married Clyde Mirl Long in 1933.

They farmed until moving to Stillwater in 1947 where she worked for Mrs. Connors on Duck Street serving college students food. Then she worked for Oklahoma A&M in the men's dorm cafeteria.

The family moved to Cleveland, Texas, in January 1951, where they owned and operated the Cleveland Upholstery Shop for 12 and one-half years.

In 1971, Jessie moved to Enid where she attended Nurses Aid Training at Vo-Tech and worked at St. Mary's Hospital until 1976 when she moved to Livingston, Texas, to be near her children and grandchildren.

She worked at the hospital until her health forced her to take early retirement.

She returned to Cleveland, Texas, where she enjoyed teaching people crafts. She also enjoyed crocheting, cooking for others, and making wonderful trips back to Oklahoma, Oregon and Colorado to visit loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, four brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Ruby Whitehead and her husband J. Hardy, and Delores Fern Mathews and her husband Eddie; two sons, Donald Ray Long and his wife Frances and Robert L. Long, all of Texas; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Chris, Donnie, and Glenn Hoffman, Johnnie and Rocky Blasier, and Max Elmer Lucas.

Honorary pallbearers were Dick Hoffman and Lyle Blasier, Stillwater.

Beverly Jean Swart
Beverly Jean Swart, 74, Pawnee, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, at her son's home in Pawnee.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday in Eshelman Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Ray Moffeit will officiate. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home.

Swart was born Aug. 24, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo., to Ross David Debolt and Sadie Wallace Debolt.

She moved to Pawnee as a teenager and had lived there since.

She married Reinhard "Riney" F. Swart on Nov. 1, 1944, in Pawnee. He died Aug. 8, 1995.

Swart spent the past 15 years giving private care at home for elderly people. She devoted her life to caring for people in need.

She also served as a medaide at the nursing home and worked for Pawnee Rexall Drug during the 1960s and 1970s.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents and her grandson, Holden Peckenpaugh.

Swart is survived by one son, Terry F. Swart of Pawnee; two grandchildren, Terry F. Swart Jr. of Morrison, and Mary Peckenpaugh of Skedee; three great-grandchildren, Levi Peckenpaugh of Skedee and Allison Swart and Landen Swart, both of Morrison; one brother Kenneth Reynolds of Ponca City; and other relatives and many friends. 

Susan McKenna
Susan Frances (Lawson) McKenna, 48, Edmond, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, at the Edmond Regional Hospital.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, Cushing. Rev. George E. Brock, III will officiate. Interment will follow in the Shamrock Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

McKenna was born May 5, 1952, to Philip Nelson "Blackie" Lawson and Frankie (Griffith) Lawson-Smith in Phoenix, Ariz. She lived with her parents in the Phoenix area up until 1961 when they moved to Oklahoma. They briefly lived in Norman before moving to Oklahoma City where McKenna attended high school up until her junior year. They moved to Cushing where she finished her high school education.

She married Tom McKenna and the couple had one daughter, Lawren.

McKenna was a member of the First Christian Church in Cushing. She previously attended the University of Central Oklahoma for three years. At the time of her death, she was working for the Edmond Santa Fe School system in their Dietary Department.

She is preceded in death by her father and one brother, Lael Anthony Lawson.

McKenna is survived by her daughter, Lawren McKenna, of the home; her mother, Frankie Smith and her husband Harold, Tulsa; one brother, Phillip Lawson and wife Barbara, Anoka, Minn.; one aunt, Wilma Phillips, Broken Arrow; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.


Homer Ray Jr.
Homer Wallace Ray Jr., 70, a Texas native who was co-publisher of the Yale News for half his life, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, in a traffic accident north of Muskogee.

Services, with Steve Holly, pastor of Yale's Town and Country Christian Church, and Mike Dershem, youth minister of Yale's First Baptist Church presiding, will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the New High School gymnasium.

Interment will follow in the Lawson Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis-Yale-Chapel of Yale.

He was born Nov. 28, 1929, in Electra, Texas to Margaret and Homer W. Ray Sr.

After graduating from high school in Electra he attended Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Homer was married to Mae Beth Cain in July, 1960, in Lawton.

He had a newspaper career that spanned 58 years.

He started as a "printer's devil" in his hometown paper, the Electra Star News, when he was only 13 years old. Later, he was employed as a printer on newspapers in Iowa Park, Pampa, Kilgore, Conroe, Fort Worth, Alpine, Bowie, Littlefield and Sugarland, Texas.

In 1952, he left the Wichita Falls Texas Record News for the Lawton Constitution where he worked as a printer for 13 years. While in Lawton, he served two terms as state president of the Typographers Union and had held every office in the Lawton chapel of the union.

In August 1965, Homer and Beth Ray and her father, the late Ralph Cain Sr. bought the Yale Record. The next year the Ray's bought the controlling interest in the newspaper and changed its name to the Yale News.

During the three and a half decades the Rays were co-publishers of the newspaper, the Yale News captured the sweepstakes trophy six times in its division in the annual Better Newspaper contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Press Association.

Under the Rays' guidance, the Yale News also was presented approximately 200 plaques and certificates of appreciation from local organizations.

In addition, over the years, Homer won 30 editorial and column-writing awards in a monthly contest sponsored jointly by the Oklahoma Press Association and the Oklahoma Natural Gas Co.

In 1993, Homer W. Ray Jr. was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame where he joined his father-in-law, Ralph Cain Sr.

Homer formerly was a member of the Yale Rotary Club and was active in civic affairs throughout his life in Yale.

He was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Ronnie Ray, all of Electra, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; one son, Mike W. Ray and his wife, Sherry, of Oklahoma City; a grandson, Ean D. Ray and his wife, Kristal, of Oklahoma City; two brothers, Don and Henry Ray, both of Texas; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A memorial to help Mrs. Ray and designated the Homer Ray Memorial Fund has been established at Heritage Bank, P.O. Box 248, Yale, OK 74085. For additional information contact Cindy White at the bank. 

Mary Yiengst
Mary Lorene Harting Yiengst, 70, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at her Stillwater home.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fairlawn Cemetery with Rev. Susan Ross officiating. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born June 24, 1930, in Stillwater to C.H. and Mary Ethel (Rice) Harting.

She married Curtis James Doolin June 12, 1957. On Dec. 23, 1977, she married Delmar Yiengst in Arkansas City, Kan.

After her marriage to Curtis James Doolin, the family lived in the Stillwater and Coyle area where Mr. Doolin was employed as a farm laborer.

The couple had four children and they lived and worked in the Stillwater and Coyle area. She later became employed at the Oklahoma State University Union where she worked for 15 years.

Throughout her lifetime she greatly enjoyed gardening, canning and caring for her farm animals.

She was predeceased by her parents; one sister, Imogene; and her first and second husbands.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth C. Doolin and his wife, Connie, of Stillwater, and Gary L. Doolin and his wife, Susan, of Coyle; two daughters, Donnetta E. Shanahan and her husband, Terry, of San Antonio, Texas and Mary Louise Jalawi and her husband Abdullah, of Cushing; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Leroy Harting and Delbert Harting, both of Stillwater; and two sisters, Laverne Turnbow, of Stillwater and Doris Snow, of California.

Memorials may be made to the Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076.


Bessie Sayers
Bessie Bell Sayers, 93, Morrison, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at Stillwater Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Strode Chapel.

Interment services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond.

Sayers was born Jan. 23, 1907, to Charles Houston and Sarah Elizabeth (Brummett) Sayers in Sayre.

She attended Sayre schools. She graduated from Sayre High School.

She began work in Texas for Southwestern Associated Telephone Company at Olney, Texas.

She worked 10 years before leaving to join Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator.

Sayers was a member of Morrison First United Methodist Church and the Communication Workers of America. She worked as a telephone operator.

She is preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and two sisters.

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